TALENT, Ore. -- One year ago, the Almeda Fire tore north from Ashland through the cities of Talent, Phoenix, and into south Medford.
“My wife called me when I was at work, she could see the flames in Ashland she told me to get home and hook up our RV and my son was at school with me . . . I’m a teacher," remembers Talent resident Robert Dilansa.
From that point on, it was a situation unlike anything that Dilansa and his family have ever experienced.
“We didn't think that we would be evacuated, and we didn't think that we would lose our home,” Dilansa said.
Reality would set in the next morning for the family as they got the news that their house was gone.
“Friends of friends arranged a rental for us so we got a good place to stay, but we are eager to get home every day,” Dilansa said.
It’s a home that the family hasn’t seen in a year and a home they desperately want to come back to.
“We are home owners — we live here, this is our place . . . we are not renters we are beyond that,” Dilansa said.